Management

Top 10 Corporate Time-Wasters

Do you need time to innovate? by Mike Myatt Time is the only thing we all have in common, yet it’s how we choose to spend it that defines and differentiates us as individuals. Even though time is a key success metric, I am always amazed at how many executives don’t manage it as such. Time is indeed a precious ...

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Controlling Innovation

I guess I’ll never fully understand the depth of concern that many management teams have around command and control, especially in an era of constant change. It seems that the more demands are placed on an organization to create new products and adapt to environmental change, the more resistance to that change is created and encouraged at mid and senior ...

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What do you really mean?

Many (okay, let’s be real, nearly all) corporate visions, missions, values, BHAGs (you name it), sound alike. They either extol bland concepts (i.e., “our associates will be the best”) or meaningless ideas (i.e., “our human intellectual capital will leverage world-class synergies”). If you have boring or confusing strategic statements in your business, here’s an approach to correct it: ask the ...

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15 Traits of a Great Leader

Today’s post will make the case for leadership development. While much has been written about the traits and characteristics that form great leaders, the truth is that leaders come in many different varieties. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for leadership. That said, all good leaders all possess certain core qualities, and great leaders simply develop said core qualities to a ...

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Optimizing Innovation – Dr. Daniel Sturman of Google

We are happy to bring you some of the key points and insights from Dr. Daniel Sturman’s talk at the Optimizing Innovation Conference, which was held October 21-22, 2009 in New York City. Dr. Daniel Sturman, Engineering Director at Google, spoke from an engineer’s perspective, not from an innovation director’s perspective, about the culture at Google. The main key in ...

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Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG)

by Matthew E May Over at the American Express Open Forum Idea Hub, I’ve posted “How to Set a BHAG.” A BHAG is a Big, Hairy Audacious Goal, and it’s a term coined by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. I’m constantly asked about the challenge of complacency — you know, things are going well, but there’s a comfort setting in, ...

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Broken Trust

This is the final post in a three part series on trust. The first post was an interview with Chris Brogan, the second was on creating a No Spin Zone, and today’s post is on the topic of Broken Trust. Some of my work happens to be in the field of crisis management, and given the recent calamity surrounding what ...

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Stop Procrastinating – 2 Minutes or Less

When I think about procrastination, I think first of bigger projects. I have a column to write, a proposal to finish, a report to publish. The real time-suckers are the much smaller projects. If you read an email and don’t take action right away, you’re procrastinating. If you see an interesting article or blog post and don’t do something with ...

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A No Spin Zone

Status Quo - The Big Lie

As a follow-up to my interview last week with Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of “Trust Agents”, I felt that it was only appropriate to take a closer look at the topic of trust. My feeling is that business should be a no spin zone because trust really does matter. However in the wake of some of the ...

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Innovation Perspectives – An Innovation Progression

This is the fifth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mark Roser Having consulted in the new product and innovation areas of major pharmaceutical companies and commercial transportation companies over the past 12 years, and ...

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